Gov. Paterson's former economic-development czar, Avi Schick, stepped down from his post at the helm of the Empire State Development Corp. in January -- but, astonishingly, continued to quietly draw his $213,000 annual salary for eight more months, The Post has learned.
Schick, who has close ties to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, managed to hang on to his full salary -- more than what the governor earns -- in return for advising Paterson on lower Manhattan issues, said ESDC spokesman Warner Johnston.
The ESDC revealed Schick's continuing compensation to The Post last week after more than a month of requests, and just days after he was removed from the payroll on Sept. 11 so that he could begin a new job with a law firm that began three days later.
It was unclear on what specific issues Schick advised Paterson.
He could not be reached for comment, and state officials would only say that he was asked to stay on during a leadership change at ESDC over the summer.
..."People assumed he wasn't paid because no other LMDC chairman had ever received a salary," said a well-placed lower Manhattan source.
Actually, if Schick could be described as anyone's "crony," the person would be Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who appointed him.
But if Schick resigned in January, his role "over the summer"--after CEO Marisa Lago left--didn't kick in until well after his resignation.